This week has been nothing short of crazy. School started back up last Monday and I have been having some serious trouble getting back into the groove. As if quarantine hasn’t already made me lazy enough, having that break from spring to summer semester really allowed the laziness to set in – so putting off a few assignments until the last minute made for a couple hours of stressing on Sunday evening. Safe to say I won’t be doing that again.
Besides getting back into school, I have also started going back to work as well. You would think that it would feel good to be busy again but after doing nothing for two months it opens your eyes to see how much you can wear yourself down without realizing it. So, on Friday my roommate, Marilyn, and I decided to get out of the house and head to Black Mountain, North Carolina for a hike.
I love any chance that I am able to get outside. The mixture of fresh air from the trees, the sunshine and the sound of nature is super soothing to me (and the exercise is a major plus). We hit the road early Friday morning to head to Vortex Doughnuts in Asheville. We knew that we were going to be outside all day and wanted to start with a treat. Little did we know the hike that we thought was 5 miles turned out to be around 9 miles.
When we got to the initial waterfall, on the far right above, we needed to decide if we wanted to keep going or not. We had already hiked pretty far so we decided to try to make it to the top. After about 4 miles or so in we found a break in the trees that allowed to look over Black Mountain/Montreat area. We hung around the top for awhile to allow Pipp to recharge and started making our way back down.
Not too far down we realized Pipp was extremely tired. She is a Frenchie but she loves to hike and swim. We wouldn’t be caught dead in the mountains or near a lake without her. But, with that being said, someone had to carry her.
Let me tell you, she is not a normal French Bulldog, I guess you could have probably guessed that by her love of the outdoors. She is 40 pounds of muscle and feels heavy just carrying her up the stairs. Marilyn carried her for awhile on her front but it was exhausting not having her strapped to anything so we came up with a better idea – let’s strap her into my backpack and carry her down that way.
She honestly loved it. She was so exhausted that she treated it like she was riding in the car and let just wind blow through her ears while I packed her down. On the way home we were all ready for bed so we stopped for some quick eats and went home and immediately crashed. We both had to work on Saturday so we wanted to make sure we got a good nights rest.
Saturday wasn’t too eventful. I worked for most of the day and then went to pick up some local pastries before heading home. My friend that I used to work with was preparing an assorted pastry box for the week and from previous experience, I knew they would be dang good (and they were). Once I made it home, I did spot a nice little surprise on my doorstep. My boyfriend sent me flowers! They were so beautiful and had the sweetest little note attached; they definitely brought a smile to my face and maybe one or two tears to the eye. Saturday night I just chilled out, watched some Netflix and did some homework. I love using the evenings to wind-down and recharge for the next day.
I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during these crazy times!
What are you watching on Netflix right now?